Superbus: A Student-Built Next-Gen Luxury City BusBen Wojdyla3/19/10 12:00pmFiled to: BusesSuperbusThe Superbustu delftDutchNetherlandsStudent ProjectsBus ConceptSuperbus conceptTop1331EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkRiding buses may be efficient, but Dutch students are building something they call "The Superbus" to fix some of the minor problems like smell, speed, and number of weirdos. It's an all-electric, carbon-fiber-and-aluminum missile carrying 23-passengers in luxury at 130MPH. Shades of "The Cyclops" from the movie The Big Bus aside, the Superbus is a pretty interesting concept well along in the development cycle. The concept behind the Superbus is to take the crappy parts of bus travel out of the equation as a way to encourage people to switch to buses rather than stay in cars. The Superbus does this in a myriad ways, starting with the shape. Instead of a blocky behemoth you have to climb up into, the Superbus uses a low-to-the-ground chassis with sixteen independent gullwing doors, making it convenient for everyone to get in and out of without hassle. When they're on the bus, they'll be moving with some significant speed. The big stinky diesel engine is gone, in its place is a block of lithium-polymer batteries feeding a pair of electric motors running at 400 HP nominal and capable of 800 HP peak power.